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Royal Enfield prepares for its next level of global growth: Commences commercial production from the Oragadam manufacturing facility

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Royal Enfield prepares for its next level of global growth: Commences commercial production from the Oragadam manufacturing facility

Royal Enfield’s capacity for 2013 to be 175,000 motorcycles

The first new bike - A Desert Storm completes production at the new Royal Enfield factory opening a new era

Chennai, April 30, 2013:
Royal Enfield today started commercial production from its new manufacturing facility at Oragadam, Tamil Nadu India. Spread over 50 acres, the Oragadam plant starts with an installed production capacity of 150,000 units in the first phase. An initial investment of Rs 150 crores has been made towards construction of this facility that will produce the full range of Royal Enfield motorcycles.

Rolling out the first motorcycle from the Oragadam facility, Mr Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd. said, “At Royal Enfield we have recorded a major milestone today with this plant at Oragadam becoming operational. Royal Enfield has witnessed a huge surge in demand in the recent past, recording a growth of over 50% for each of the last two years. We have been extremely successful in stretching the capacity of our existing 60 year old plant to record levels – achieving production of over 12,000 motorcycles in the month of March 2013. Yet the demand for our motorcycles has continued to outpace the supply. Therefore we have conceived of this new facility on a much larger tract of land and created a master-plan that can take the eventual production here to over 500,000 per year. With the speedy execution of the first phase of the plan, we have revised our production target upwards in 2013 – to 175,000 motorcycles from both plants. However, even as we start commercial production today, we have already begun working on the second phase of expansion at Oragadam, which will further increase the production capacity to 250,000 motorcycles in 2014. With this new facility, we now have the ability to scale our production quantity quickly in response to market demand.”

“This new plant has been benchmarked to achieve the highest level of quality and productivity. We have re-tooled many of the parts that make up our motorcycles – so that they are of exacting accuracy and finish. The substrate quality of the sheet metal parts, for example, is now at par with the best in the world; when these parts undergo the world-leading CED and paint process here at Oragadam – they will have a surface finish and life of the highest quality”, he further added.
Talking about Royal Enfield’s future plans Mr Siddhartha Lal said, “The ability to increase capacity fast and superior quality of motorcycles is a crucial step for Royal Enfield towards meeting our global ambitions. While we are adding new models and new dealerships in the Indian market which is fuelling our growth, we are also working on building our presence globally. Higher investments into brand and distribution, as well as new products that are very appealing to international markets are going to be key for us to achieve global leadership in the mid-size motorcycle category.”
The construction at the plant commenced in February 2012 and with civil work continuing around the clock, it was completed in a record time of 11 months. In addition to increasing capacity, the Oragadam plant has been designed to optimize cost of production through relevant automation while retaining the human craftsmanship that is distinct to the iconic Royal Enfield motorcycles. Towards this, an absolutely path breaking new CED paint shop with a painting capacity of 600 motorcycles per day has been installed in the plant. Further, to ensure consistency and less wastage, a robotic painting system and powder coating system have also been added. At the same time, processes such as the legendary pin-striping continue to be done through craftsmen who lend that special human touch to each motorcycle. The vehicle assembly line at Oragadam comes with several features such as ergonomic assembly work stations, torque controlled tools with feedback device and a capacity of producing one motorcycle a minute, or over 800 per day on two shifts. Effective controls and process, right from material handling to review mechanisms, have been created on the backbone of a modern and strong IT infrastructure. In addition, chassis dynamometers and a 1.4 kilometer test track within the factory premises allows for the motorcycles to be thoroughly tested before they are dispatched for customers.
The Oragadam facility has been built with sustainability in mind from the very beginning of the design stage with several initiatives such as reduction of effluent generation at source and zero liquid discharge system of treatment. In addition conservation of resources such as electricity, water and fuel has been given top priority. Even during the construction stage, the green concept was applied such as using soil from within the site for filling, as well as using the ideal quantities of steel, concrete and cement. The focus was also on creating efficient work spaces, equipment and utilities and hence effective use of natural, diffused lighting, natural air flow inside plant and 25% of wooded area have been ensured.
About Royal Enfield:
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, it has been a pioneer of powerful four stroke technology since 1955 in India. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, the company offers a variety of models catering to the needs of motorcycling enthusiasts.
Royal Enfield’s product line‐up includes the Bullet, Classic and Thunderbird models in both 350 and 500cc displacements. Royal Enfield operates through 11 company-operated stores and 250 dealers in all major cities and towns. Royal Enfield motorcycles are exported to over 40 countries across the world including the USA, Japan, UK, several European and Latin American countries, as well as the Middle East and South Asia.
Royal Enfield also organizes and supports many enthusiast activities, events and rides across the country, more prominently the Rider Mania – an annual gathering of Royal Enfield riders from all over the country and the Himalayan Odyssey, the largest motorcycle ride over some of the toughest roads and highest mountain passes in the region of Himachal and Ladakh.
www.royalenfield.com

Royal Enfield’s lineup for 2012, International Motorcycle Show

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Cinema Libre releases the documentary The Highest Pass

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Cinema Libre releases the documentary The Highest Pass
In theaters APRIL 27th: Motorcycles, Himalayas, Yogis, Death, Life and 2000km and 18,000ft…

Starting in Los Angeles, it will be at the Laemmle Theatres Santa Monica. Join our list to see the other select theaters near you.

More friends that helped make the highest pass possible: Kimberley Hawryluk Gretchen Schomer WendelDavid Makharadze Parashakti Sigalit Bat Haim Chip Duncan India on an Enfield NoHo Scooters Royal Enfield USA Royal Enfield Los Angeles Royal Enfield Bullet

http://www.thehighestpass.com

2012 Bullet 500 B5 Featured in Quick Throttle Magazine as Nouveau Retro Bike

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Quick Throttle Magazine featured the 2012 Bullet 500 B5 as a bike that has kept retro cool and up to date. The Bullet “got all the attention” of the three bikes featured!

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 B5

Bullet C5 Chrome turns heads at the Kickstarter Classic via RoadBike Magazine

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This month’s RoadBike Magazine issue takes a limited edition Chrome C5 Bullet for a classic ride.

Must See TV::Trigger, Weapons That Changed The World.

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Be sure to check out the Military Channel’s new series “Triggers, Weapons That Changed The World” which premiers Wednesday, November 30th from 10-11 PM (e/p)

In the premier episode of this six-part series, host Wil Willis, from the Military Channel’s hit series Special Ops Mission, examines the COLT M1911. Keep your eyes peeled for a special cameo appearance by a Royal Enfield motorcycle and a machine-gun. We can’t really say more than that right now, don’t want to scoop the premier and ruin all the fun.

Just remember to set your DVR, get a blank tape or set the date aside in your calendar.

“Triggers, Weapons That Changed The World” Premiers Wednesday, November 30 at 10 pm (e/p) on the Military Channel

Find out more at the Military Channel’s web site here…

Save The Date::November 12, 2011 St. Cloud Florida.

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Attention Florida Riders! Holopaw Corvette, Ural and Royal Enfield is inviting anyone and everyone interested in having a good time to stop by for a weekend of fun beginning Saturday, November 12th.

Come hang out and check out all the old rides housed in this time-warp museum/workshop, complete with the authentic smell of Castrol.

Camp out Saturday night by the big lake in the forest completely free, with plenty of food provided. Then wind-down the weekend with a Sunday afternoon group ride from the fairgrounds to Lone Cabbage Fish Camp in Cocoa, Florida.

An RSVP is appreciated to make sure there is plenty of food to go around.  Call: 407`892`1901 or  E-mail: [email protected]

Click for directions: 5100 Holopaw Road, St.Cloud, Florida 34773 (Rt. 441)

Starts at High-Noon Saturday, November 12th. See ya there!

New Dealer – Route 66 Modern Classics

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Ron Greene VP of Royal Enfield USA thinks one of our newest dealers Route 66 Modern Classics has a unique location that will make them very successful with the Royal Enfield. They are located on the border of the beach communities Marina Del Rey and Venice Beach in Southern California. Glenn Bartel, the President of Route 66 Modern Classics explains that the beach communities are ideal places for the Royal Enfield. The unusual and hot retro look of the Royal Enfield has been a big hit with our customers. We have gotten an overwhelming response to having them in our product lineup. An interesting side note about Route 66 Modern Classics is that they have a separate department which is the largest single store for Harley rentals in the US with a fleet of 120 Harley Davidson rental bikes. Glen is a member of the legendary Harley Davidson family which owns Bartels Harley Davidson and is located next door to Route 66 Modern Classics. They are located at 4161 Lincoln Blvd. Marina Del Rey CA. and can be reached at 310-578-0112.

Glen Bartels President Route 66 Modern Classics, Kevin Mahoney President Royal Enfield USA, Leo Hartog Operations Manager

www.rt66mc.com

Announcing our newest dealer – Southern California Motorcycles

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Ron Green the VP of Royal Enfield USA is proud to announce one of our newest dealers “Southern California Motorcycles” in Brea CA. They are the number one dealer nationally for several of the brands they carry. The dealership can best be described as a complex of stores rather than an individual store. It is a very unique setting. The owner, Tom Hicks says that their success is based upon having a wide range of product for every type of riding and unmatched customer service after the sale.


In the picture is L to R – Tom Hicks owner, Sharon (sorry Sharon about your last name) operations manager and Rob Chufo the general manager.

Located at 515-535 W. Lambert Rd. Brea CA.
714-256-6700

Our Newest Sidecar The Inder

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The Inder is our newest addition to the sidecar line. They are available in both the Euro model as shown or the Rocket which has the rocket like nose. We have imported and sold the Inder in the past and were very pleased with them. We will still import the Cozy but wanted to offer our customers an option.

Inder Sidecar

     
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